COME HOME TO THE ARMS OF THE ONE WHO LOVES AND CARES FOR YOU!
I often wonder what would have happened if Adam and Eve had rushed out to meet the Lord when He arrived and fell at His feet in repentance? We will never know how things would have turned out had they not covered and hidden things, but we do know that because of what Christ did for us on the cross, we can ‘come home’ to the loving arms of our Heavenly Father. In the story of the prodigal son we see things illustrated in great detail.
Luke 15:20 ‘So he got up and went to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.’
There is no need to cover anything and there is no need to run and hide. Run into His open arms with whatever it is that you may be carrying. He is ready and willing to receive and cover you and your issues. Notice the response:
1. While he was still on route, a long way off, his father saw him!
His father had been waiting and watching for this moment for years. The moment the father had longed for had finally arrived.
2. His father’s heart was FILLED with compassion.
Some translations say he was moved with compassion. The original Greek speaks of something taking place in the inward parts or even in the organs of the body. It speaks of a movement from the very seat of his affections. Gut-wrenching may be a better word to describe it.
3. He runs to his son.
For an old man to run is both difficult and undignified. But this father, a picture of out Heavenly Father, ran in this way to his son.
4. He threw his arms around him.
This was not a tender embrace. It was a forceful, involuntary and demonstrative action and would remove all doubt and debate.
5. He kissed him.
This became an intimate and uniquely personal moment between a son and his father. The Lord is waiting to do this for you. Come home!
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